Tyler Flowers not only had a quick game to work with in Monday’s race to the delivery room, but he also had traffic on his side.
Flowers and his wife Nancy headed to Northwestern Hospital early Monday but the White Sox catcher said he didn’t expect she’d give birth later that night. Then came a phone call right before Monday’s first pitch, when Flowers was behind the dish to catch Sale. Flowers stayed for all two hours, 46 minutes of the team’s win and then raced to the hospital just in time for the birth of his son, Brantley Cole.
“I got there 10 minutes before it happened, which was 38 minutes after the game had ended,” Flowers said. “(Paul Konerko) wanted me to go Jake Taylor style. He was like ‘I’ll get the bullpen car ready.’
“One red light the whole way, it was unreal. Every light I came to was green, green, green. No traffic, nothing.”
Flowers nearly gave himself a green light to leave in the sixth inning when he hit a long foul ball that was inches from a three-run home run. Umpires didn’t overrule their original call (Flowers thinks they missed it), which would have made the score 6-1.
Fortunately, several other White Sox wives helped out and Flowers was able to stay for the rest of the game. He even had time to shower and avoid the Jake Taylor-wearing-his-uniform-to-the-hospital scenario.
“(The foul ball) would put me in a good spot to where I was maybe coming out of the game,” Flowers said. “When that didn’t happen, I was ‘I hope she can hold out a little bit,’ and she did. A bunch of the wives were there helping her out.
“There was a whole system set up once I came in here like drop all my stuff, dress quick, gold cart ready, all sorts of stuff.”
More work ahead for Garcia
Robin Ventura said Avisail Garcia continues to impress in his recovery from a torn left labrum. But the White Sox manager doesn’t have any more information about when the young outfielder might take the next step.
“How close is he to a rehab assignment, I don’t know,” Ventura said. “I’m not a doctor so I’m not going to be able to clear him. But when you watch him do things, you’re excited about the recovery.
“Him swinging the bat, running around, catching fly balls. More of the concern is going to be sliding, diving, things like that. When the doctors clear him he’s going to be 100 percent, go play. There’s not going to be any restrictions on him.”
-- Pitching coach Don Cooper isn’t expected to travel with the team to Minnesota on Wednesday night, Ventura said. Cooper has been out since Sunday with a case of vertigo.
-- Outfielder Dayan Viciedo was a late scratch from Wednesday’s lineup with a tight left hamstring strain.